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Jean-Bart heaps praises on inexperienced Haiti following 3-3 draw with Japan
President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) Yves Jean-Bart has heaped praises on the national team following a strong showing in a 3-3 draw against Japan at the International Stadium Yokohama on Tuesday.
In fact, an inexperienced Haitian unit seemed well on the way to recording a famous victory over their Asian counterparts in the first ever meeting between the teams but were pegged back by a strike from Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa in stoppage time.
Shu Kurata had given the hosts the lead in the 7th minute before Kenyu Sugimoto appeared to make things a lot more comfortable 10 minutes later. But, the Haitians came roaring back. Kevin Lafrance got the visiting team on the scoresheet in the 28th minute before Duckens Nazon got a double (53rd, 78) that put the Haitians on course for victory.
"I say bravo because it was a great result against a team that has top players in the big five leagues in Europe. It is always good to start a new cycle under good auspices. This is all the more encouraging since, apart from Nazon, Donald, Placide, Kevin and Méchack, most players are young and from different backgrounds,” Jean-Bart told Le Nouvelliste.
“It's a good look, especially since there are several others who have missed this match it allows us to work with confidence,” he added.
Jean-Bart believes the result could encourage players that had been approached to represent Haiti who still had doubts to join the program.
"These young players galvanized and really impressed everyone, they showed great talent. Japan is a very strong team and our young people did better than they did. It took a lot of work for several months for the management staff to convince some of these players, coveted by other countries, which offered projects far more ambitious than ours. In fact, those who still hesitate can now be reassured.”